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Flamingo and Bird Watching

Flamingo and Bird Watching

The Algarve is a fantastic destination for bird watching, particularly for those interested in seeing flamingos, storks, and various coastal birds. Here’s a guide to the best spots along the Algarve coast for birdwatching, including details on the best times to visit these locations. You can check ebird.com for sightings.

When to visit?

The best time of year to flamingo watch and find flamingos present are from late summer to early spring. Spring and autumn are ideal as they coincide with migration periods. Storks and other birds can be seen year-round. The best time of day to see them when they are present is early morning, dusk and before the area gets busy.

Where to visit?

Ria Formosa Natural Park

Location: Stretching across several municipalities including Faro, Mar Morto Olhão, Tavira, and Vila Real de Santo António.

Parking: There are designated parking areas at various points around the park, particularly near the entrances and visitor centers.

Lagoa dos Salgados

Location: Near Gale Albufeira, this lagoon is easily accessible and offers a good variety of birds.

Parking: There is a parking area close to the beach near the lagoon.

Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António Marsh Natural Reserve

Location: Near the Spanish border, this reserve is less crowded and very rich in bird species. The reserve is particularly lively during the spring and autumn migrations. Summer can also be good for flamingos.

Parking: Available at the main entrance of the reserve.

Sapal de Castro Marim

Location: In Lagos with a beautiful Lake to see the wild life.

Parking: Parking facilities are available.

Tavira

Location: Salt pans of Tavira where they let salt water inland and dry it to get Salt. Behind the mercado by the blue bridge. The walk along the river towards the praca is nice. Stop for an ice cream on the way.

Parking: Parking facilities are available.

Lagos Zoo

Location: Close to the Castro Marim reserve, this is another excellent spot for birdwatching.

Parking: Parking facilities are near the visitor center.

Fueseta

Location: Estacao Ferroviaria. Fueseta beach has some beutiful views of the barrier beach and tidal pools. It reminds me of Crane Beach in Ipswich and Essex Massachusetts just without the flamingos but Cranes instead.

Parking: Parking facilities are near the visitor center.

Cost

Free.

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